Fist bump

Sierra High School’s Samantha Venegas Medina, left, and assistant coach Megan Noone fist bump after Venegas Medina earns a single for the Stallions against Falcon on Oct. 5, 2021, at El Pomar Youth Sports Park. The Stallions secured a berth in the Class 3A State playoffs for the first time since 2003. 

The Sierra High School softball team ended a near-20-year postseason skid after the Stallions earned the 30th seed in the Class 3A state playoffs.

The Stallions will head to Greeley at 10 a.m. this Saturday to battle No. 3-seeded University in the opening round. The winner faces the victor of No. 14 Meeker – No. 19 Faith Christian.

According to Bob Bentley, Sierra High School athletic director, this marks the first time since 2003 that the Stallions secured a playoff spot.

In 2020, the Stallions merged with district rival Harrison to form a team to compete in the pandemic-marred year. The combined squad finished 3-12 in 2020 and 1-11 in Colorado Springs Metro League action.

This year, the Stallions finished the regular season 8-11 and 5-5 in Colorado Springs Metro North league. Both records were their best mark since the Stallions won their league in 2003.

Freshman pitcher Marisa Reyes also broke the school’s single game and season strikeout record. In the season opener against Woodland Park, Reyes sat 20 batters to earn the new record. Reyes retired 208 batters for the year.

Bentley said he spoke with previous coaches to configure the old record and determined “that [old] one was just over 100.”

Sophomore Samantha Venegas Medina also shined for the Stallions and finished in the top 25 in 3A in various categories including: 18th in batting average (.569); 16th in slugging (.961); 16th in RBI (31); 18th in on base percentage (.651); tied for 25th in stolen bases (16); and 15th in fielding (.967).

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Marcus Hill is a reporter for the Southeast Express and Schriever Sentinel. He graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2012 with a degree in Mass Communication.